Begin with the simplest explanation

This morning, my legs were already tense when I woke up. I wondered: why am I so stressed? My mind obediently began to marshal evidence that I did, indeed, have lots to be stressed about (and over and in and around).

Then I moved. And remembered - the gym yesterday. Oh yeah. It's not emotional stress. I just need to visit my friend the elliptical more often.

How often do you reach for the complicated emotional explanation - the one that circles through your life like DNA? Is it working for you?

Often, we can begin by noticing and then move more lightly through time and space, noticing that proximate causes are often useful to notice and that deep-rooted complicated causes are underground for a reason.

And yes - for the record - I am still stiff and it is making me feel just a little stressed.


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